Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Onslaught :: Oz Comic Con Sketch


Well, the last couple of weeks have been hectic! Lot's of cons and lots of travel. It's been good times though, but I am always happy to return home and get back to some serious art making.

Oz Comic Con in Melbourne was HUGE! Had a really great time there. It was a very interesting experience. Catching up with other comic book makers was really great as always, and meeting all the fans and art collectors was awesome too. I had some great con sketch requests, which I will talk about more in a moment. I can only imagine this show getting bigger and better with each event. It's exciting times ahead!

One of the highlights for me was sharing a table with Scott Allie from Dark Horse comics. It was really great hearing his advice and insight as many artists came past to show him their work. It was interesting to experience the con from an editors point of view, and Scott had some great stories to share with fans. When I wasn't blabbing to people, I had my radar on and listened in as Scott did his thing. I also learnt one of the best ways to get someone to stop talking... Give them a Mintie! :) I now know why I am often bought packs of these things. More Minties = Less talk = More drawing!

I gotta send a shout out to my good friend and amazing artist, David Yardin. We stayed up every night either drawing or hanging out, and were shown great hospitality by his family after the con. We had some good adventures with Mr. Tristan Jones, Francis Manapul and Agnes Garbowska. Lookin forward to sharing a Hendrix and cucumber with these guys again soon!

OK... I know what you are thinking.... enough con reporting, let's see some art! Well, today I am sharing with you something that is fresh as fresh can be...this one is straight off the drawing board. It is actually a con sketch that I didnt have time to finish. I have made a point of getting better at not taking con sketches home, but I just wasnt feeling the vibe in the last hour of the con, so I decided to take this one home.

So, the request was to draw Onslaught. I gotta tell you, this character was a bitch to draw! I have never drawn him before, and I found him quite tricky. I try to do all my con sketches portrait, and the thing with this guy is that he is really wide, so that makes things interesting as far as placement on the page goes. The shoulder pads are a pain, until you "get" them.

Usually with a con sketch, it is quite off the cuff, and fast as far as layout and structure goes. Usually you are getting the first thing that comes to mind. Since I had more time, I started off with some thumbnail sketches to get a feel for the character, so there was more thought put in to this piece. I actually then took one of these thumbnails to the rough stage, but I felt that the pose was a little static and boring, so I made a 2nd attempt.

I was much happier with the 2nd pose. It had a little more dyanamic energy to it. As far as composition goes, I wanted to give the image a little something extra to lead the eye and help Onslaught pop a little, and so I added a Professor X head in there. His main colours are red and purple, so there is not much variation in his tonal values, which is why I went for the darker space background to add contrast in the piece.

Well, I hope this was not too boring. I have no idea if anyone actually reads this. If not and you just look at the art, well, that is cool too. A picture says a thousand words right, so I should probably type less and draw more, anyway!!

Thanks for reading, and more art is on the way!



Fabian said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Fabian said...

Awesome post, I'm sure plenty of people read your blogs. The guy who asked you to do the onslaught piece (my friend) is over the moon, he keeps talking about it so that's a good sign. BTW what medium did you use for the piece as I have not had the pleasure to physically see your work yet.

G said...

Hendrix and cucumber?!? Hmmm...

It was great to have a quick chat with you at Oz Comic-Con, Jon. Wish I had more time to hang out and talk more about comics and Rodrigo y Gabriela! :) Heck, I didn't even get to say a proper hello to a lot of people I wanted to like David, Doug and Tristan!

Anyway, will hopefully catch up with you more next time. Good luck with the new comic and also looking forward to both your artbook and Gemini 5.

Anonymous said...

Anything particularly insightful that Scott happened to mention that you could share?

Red J said...

Hi Fabian: Late response, I know! For these pieces I am working with pencil, ink on brush, and copic markers for the tonal work. You'll have to get Matt to show it to you once he gets it! :)

Gary: Thanks mate! Always good catching up with you dude. Even though cons are not always the best for a good chat!